International Migratory Bird Day
Celebrate birds and the importance of birding habitat
Birding is one of the most popular of all American pastimes and can be enjoyed by individuals or the whole family. It’s fun, easy, and can be pursued by people of all ages and abilities. New and beginning birders as well as seasoned birders are welcome to celebrate birds and the importance of birding habitat during International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD).
May is a wonderful month for birding as many species of birds are returning from their southerly wintering grounds in the southern United States, Central America, and beyond. The males are dressed in their best breeding colors, while they sing their way north trying to charm a female. Certain areas, such as Lake Erie Bluffs, are called stopover sites. These sites provide important habitat for birds to find food before continuing on across Lake Erie. While many species will move north, some species (Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers) will remain with us all summer to breed at the park.
This fascinating spectacle of bird migration will be in full view during International Migratory Bird Day. Join a naturalist on guided bird walk, see live migratory birds from the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center, talk to Blackbrook Audubon Society, visit informational booths, learn how to properly use binoculars and field guides. Try your hand at some of the birding activities including a bird-related craft.
To learn more about IMBD and how you can help protect birding habitats, visit www.birdday.org.
This event is free and goes on rain or shine.
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